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Iranian filmmaker to discuss work, March 8

Abbas Kiarostami, an internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, will discuss his work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Kiarostami will be in the United States for the opening of a major retrospective of his films and photographic work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which will run through May 28. He will speak at Princeton along with Hunter College film historian Ivone Margulies.

Kiarostami's 1994 film "Through the Olive Trees" will be screened at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the Stewart Film Theater.

One of the founders of the New Wave period in Iranian cinema in the 1970s, Kiarostami makes films that play with the relationship between documentary and fiction. He has received numerous international honors, including the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, for "Taste of Cherry" in 1997, the Jury Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival for "The Wind Will Carry Us" in 1999 and the Akira Kurosawa Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2000.

Kiarostami founded the Cinema Department at the Institute of the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, one of Iran's most prestigious film studios. He also has published works of poetry and collections of his photography.

The lecture is sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts as part of the John Sacret Young '69 Spring Lecture Series. It is co-sponsored by the Committee for Film Studies, the Program in Media and Modernity, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the Department of German and the Department of Art and Archaeology.

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